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The Humanitarian Water and Food Award


We are WAFA. We come to you from around the globe, many hearts and many hands engaged—united in one dream—to find the people who have dedicated themselves to creating a better world for the less fortunate: people who don’t have enough food to eat because their land is no longer fertile, or women and children who walk miles every day to carry buckets of clean water home, or those who live in unsanitary conditions causing continual illness in their families.

We join hands from countries all over the world to realize this dream: Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Canada, USA, Ukraine, Romania, India, China, the United Kingdom and many more. Most of us have never met before.  Some of us speak one language; some of us speak many languages. Our group is made up of people from all types of professions: facilitators, graphic designers, computer experts, human resource managers, teachers, writers. There are many differences between us; yet, we all share common ground in two ways. We all believe that if we push forward, we can create something meaningful and beautiful to share with the world. We are all volunteers.

We rise to celebrate the brilliance of the social innovators who have put their hearts and souls into finding a way to solve these worldwide crises of barren lands, food shortages, lack of potable water, and other unhealthy situations. They should have a hand up, solid support, a strong platform to work from just as they provide for the people they help.

We join together in peace, and when we do—there is magic; we work to make it happen, and we do it for the love we share for those hardworking individuals and groups who have dedicated their lives to making this a better world for those who are on the brink of surviving.

We recognize them in celebration and spread the word of the good deeds they have done and are doing every day.  We honour our partnerssponsorspatrons, and individual donors who share our vision, who want to see the ideas develop into tangible results, and who join hands with all of us working around the world to continue the momentum of positive change.

We are WAFA—the Humanitarian Water Air Food Awards



WAFA is about telling stories to the world and sharing the good deeds done by wonderful people in the fields of water, air, and food.


Our mission is to create a message of hope – to create a counterbalance to all the negativity in the world.

We do this in an exciting gala event, which includes exceptional local entertainment by the country hosting the event, presentations from world-renowned dignitaries and speakers, and the finale: the WAF Award for the best-in-class environmental social innovator in food, air, and water – who is chosen from our hand-selected finalists.


If you know of someone or some group that is making remarkable changes in the world in providing communities with clean water, improved air quality, or quality food for people who did not have these basic needs – we want to hear about it.  The call for applications is open in April.  You can find out more here.

Applicants who are nominated are evaluated by a selection committee. A short-list is chosen, and from the short-list, the finalists are chosen.

WAF evaluates solutions that have met the following criteria for at least two years:



#2 End Hunger
#6 Ensure access to water and sanitization for all
#15 Sustainability manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
#17 Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

To learn more about the SDG click here


Respect for Human Rights
Team Work
Passion for life